High-speed chase ends in crash – driver fled
QUITMAN COUNTY, GA - Quitman County Sheriff's Deputies assisted the Georgia State Patrol with a pursuit early Saturday afternoon through Quitman County that reached speeds in excess of 120 mph before the suspect crashed in downtown Georgetown at about 6:40 p.m.
The chase started after a Georgia State Trooper stopped Taurus R. Laseter, age 21, from Eufaula on Highway 82 at the Randolph/Quitman county-line for a traffic violation.
During the initial stop, the Trooper discovered a large quantity of marijuana inside Laseter's 2007 Buick Rendezvous. Laseter was placed in the backseat of the GSP cruiser and somehow managed to kick the back glass out of the vehicle and escape back to his vehicle.
Laseter then fled toward the Alabama/Georgia State-Line with the trooper and Deputies in pursuit of him.
"I knew at the speeds we were traveling when we went into that curve he wasn't going to make it and he didn't. He spun out and hit the concrete curving at over 90 mph. and was out of the car and running before his vehicle came to a stop," said Chief Deputy Eddie Ingram.
Authorities from several different agencies participated in the search for Laseter but were not successful in capturing him.
"Laseter is proving himself to be a dangerous individual; he was just released on bond from the Randolph County Jail earlier Saturday. He has felony charges pending in that County where he assaulted a law enforcement officer and escaped. Now, he has several more felony charges he'll face," said Sheriff Steve Newton.
Taurus Rashone Laseter, age 21, is described as a B/M, 6'00 tall, weighing 235 pounds with numerous tattoos. Laseter has the name "CASSIE" tattooed on his left arm which is very noticeable.